WELCOME TO KIRKWOOD UCC
Kirkwood United Church of Christ is called by God to be an open, diverse and caring community of Jesus’ disciples. In following Christ’s commandment to love one another, we welcome all who wish to share in the fellowship, membership, leadership, worship, ministry, sacraments, rites, responsibilities and blessings of our faith community. As we affirm that every person is a child of God, no one is excluded, regardless of race, ethnic or socio-economic background, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, nationality, or faith background. We are an Open and Affirming congregation. All are welcome here!
About Sunday Services at KUCC
Location: Our address is 1603 Dougherty Ferry Rd, Kirkwood, 63122. We are at the corner of Dougherty Ferry and Lindemann. Parking is available in the lot behind the church and on Dougherty Ferry Road. Handicap parking is in the parking lot on the west side of the church.
Time: Worship is at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Hearing assistive devices are available.
Childcare is provided for babies through 3-year-olds in our nursery.
Children’s classes meet during worship, after the children’s message. Adult classes follow the service, with childcare provided. For more information on programs for children and youth, see our Youth Programs page.
African-American Tasting February 26
To commemorate and celebrate Black History Month, Kirkwood United Church of Christ again welcomes EVERYONE to come together as ONE COMMUNITY for our annual African American Brunch. This Kirkwood UCC favorite event is scheduled for Sunday, February 26. After worship we will gather in the Friendship Room to create great fellowship as well as enjoy delicious food traditional to the African American experience. Please join all our faith community in the Friendship Room for fun, food, fellowship. As always, please feel welcome to contribute a dish or assist during or after the event.Contact Information: Earline Stewart (314-223-7737) or Virginia Okoloko (email@example.com).
Progressive Dinner April 22
Mark your calendars now for another favorite tradition at Kirkwood UCC, our spring Progressive Dinner. We gather at one home for a social hour, disperse to several homes for small group dinners, and reconvene at another home for shared dessert and conversation. If any family is willing to host the social hour for about 70, a dinner for 8 to 12, or dessert for 70, please sign up on the sheets posted in the gathering area at church or contact Sharon Danyluck or Barb Harris. This is one of the best opportunities during the year to get to know fellow members and to celebrate the ties that bind us in community. Hope to see all of you there–and feel free to invite a friend. We are particularly excited to anticipate our visitors from our Guatemala outreach partner CEDEPCA sharing this evening with us!
MISSION AND OUTREACH
Welcome Home, McDaniel Family!
A happy day occurred recently for a family of seven when they were able to move into a home of their own. God’s Helping Hands helped the six McDaniels children find a new home where they can start over after losing their mom. Their grandmother has stepped in to care for the children, including two sets of twins, and GHH ministry partners are helping supply furniture and other necessities for housekeeping. KUCC is providing kitchen and bathroom supplies for the family. A Target “housewarming registry” has been created to make it easy to help with this cause. Click here to go to see 15 items still needed, ranging in price from $1 to $17. Let’s help Mary McDaniel get off to the best possible start by seeing that she gets what she needs!
Walking with Guatemala – April Visitors from CEDEPCA
It is time to begin preparing for the next step in KUCC’s Guatemala Partnership. Two CEDEPCA staff members will spend April 2017 in St. Louis. This will be an immersion experience – similar to the one that Ana and Luis had in October 2014. Our visitors will be two women who are involved in the Intercultural Experience program at CEDEPCA. Emily Kuttenkuler and Judy Kamper, co-chairs of the Planning Team, are looking for individuals who would be willing to serve as drivers or hosts for dinner or visits to places of interest. Just getting to know the CEDEPCA workers offers a wonderful opportunity to learn and enjoy new perspectives. Anyone interested in joining in this project, please contact Emily Kuttenkuler or Judy Kamper.
Book Sale Set for March 11
Do you have extra books taking up space at your house? KUCC’s third Book Sale will be held on March 11, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, and we would love to have your books! Please set books under the coat rack outside the office. We will get them moved to the basement. Please ask friends and family if they have any books to donate, too. If you are interested in helping or have questions about the book sale, email Shane Bowen or call him at 618-521-2690.
In addition to selling books, we will be selling baked goods to encourage our shoppers to stay a little longer. If you are interested in donating baked goods, contact Kristin Bowen at 314-283-5646 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance! Proceeds from the book sale will go toward KUCC mission projects.
NURTURE AND EDUCATION
February 12, 19, and 26 our student pastor, Stephen Stark, will lead a discussion of the United Church of Christ’s stance on covenant and autonomy for local congregations, featuring the book Covenant: A Study for the United Church of Christ by Jane Fisler Hoffman. Stephen will help us look at covenants in the history of our faith, our denomination, and our local church. It is not necessary to read the book in order to participate. For further details, consult our Adult Programs page. Please plan to join us for a meaningful look at our background traditions and our own commitments and beliefs.
Evening Book Discussion February 26
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D.Vance tells the story of a young man who grew up in Kentucky and Ohio, struggling with the economic decline of what has been termed the “rust belt.” As factories closed up, so did a way of life that had seemed to offer promise to those who worked in high paying manufacturing jobs. Vance describes realities which America tries to overlook—areas where the dream of upward mobility has turned into a nightmare of disappointment. Strong, caring adults helped Vance survive the challenges that led many peers to drugs and despair. He looks back at what will always be his home with empathy but also with condemnation. Vance criticizes America for turning its back on ravaged people who are not seen as in need because they are not an oppressed minority, but he also criticizes the “victims” of economic upheaval for their lack of will and responsibility. The New York Times named Hillbilly Elegy one of the six best books to “help understand Trump’s win.” Hillbilly Elegy is widely available in print and on e-readers. Join us on Sunday evening, February 26, at 6:30 pm, in the Adult Ed room as Karen Kaul and Barb Harris lead a discussion of this interesting book.
LOGOS Fun Continues in the New Year
All young people in kindergarten through middle school are invited to join the fun at LOGOS every Thursday from 4:30 to 7. If you haven’t signed up or want to get more information, contact director Deb Humphrey. The photo above shows the creative talent of the middle schoolers on Spud Night. After a supper of delicious baked potatoes, everyone made a unique Potato Head with a variety of veggies for the trimmings. Each evening includes recreation, worship, games, supper, and a Bible lesson. In January our focus was understanding Jesus. Come share good times with us on Thursday afternoons!